Meet the OIE Staff

Professional Staff

06138e4Julisa De Los Santos, Assistant Dean in the Office of Intercultural Education, joins Bates from Eastern Connecticut State University where she worked as a residence hall director focusing on student engagement and retention. While at Eastern Connecticut, Julisa advised various multicultural organizations and served as a field instructor for the social work program. Prior to Eastern, Julisa worked at and received her Masters degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time Julisa enjoys listening and exploring different music genres. She can be reached

13002526_10153302579991618_5986970764703196572_oLexie Mucci, Assistant Director in the Office of Intercultural Education, is a graduate of Syracuse University, where they earned a Master of Student Affairs Counseling degree. Lexie served as Academic Consultant for two programs focused on first year students of color within the Office of Multicultural Affairs. They also spent the majority of their college and professional career as an advocate for LGBTQ+ students providing support and educational programming. At Bates, Lexie coordinates in-house social programs, launched and supervises the SPARQ! Program, supervises the OIE Fellows team, manages the space, and work collaboratively to support all programs and colleagues. Lexie and their partner Crystal, both classically trained, love to spend their free time making music and recording covers of popular songs. They can be reached at:

Jessica-Perez-Photo-276x300Jessica Perez, Assistant Dean of Students for Student Transition and Support in the Office of Intercultural Education and the Dean of Students Office, comes to Bates after completing her master’s in Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before attending graduate school she managed programs for Peninsula College Fund, an organization committed to improving the college completion rate of first-generation college students. She is the co-founder of CollegeSpring, a national non-profit that helps low-income students boost their SAT scores and navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. Originally from East Los Angeles, Jessica enjoys trying new recipes, spending time outdoors, and salsa dancing. She can be reached at:

Kristina Jin Powell, Associate Director of Multicultural Alumni and Parent Engagement and Special Projects in the Office for Equity and Diversity, joins Bates after working for seven years in study abroad international education at the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE). Most recently she managed an Admissions and Enrollment team, working with college undergraduate programs. While at CIEE, she worked on a variety of projects including creating a framework for and developing a multimillion dollar alumni donor program to increase access for underrepresented students to study abroad. Originally from New York, Kristina is a graduate of Bowdoin where she studied Anthropology and Sociology. In her spare time she’s kept busy playing, chasing, and exploring with her 2-year old son, Shannon. She can be reached at:

Student Staff


YaraYara Abdelhady, SPARQ! Peer Mentor & Educator, is a junior from Egypt. Yara is excited about being a part of SPARQ! because they want to take positive action towards making the campus more inclusive. Yara enjoys their spare time learning and advocating around Middle Eastern politics, philosophy, football (not the American kind), and scuba diving.

image1 (4)Deshun Peoples, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a senior Studio Art and Rhetoric double major and Chinese minor. In his sophomore year, as a Queer Peer Mentor in the OIE, he was able to help his mentees explore identity and navigate transitioning to college. Having gone through the coming out process almost entirely from Bates’ campus, Deshun understands how significant our Bates experiences are in shaping who we become as individuals. As a mentor, he was absolutely honored to have walked with several mentees through the coming out process-arguably one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do a a queer person-and to this day, Deshun has yet to know a greater joy.

rachelRachel Marks, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a senior studying Women and Gender Studies from New York City. As a leader of Outfront for the past two years, Rachel is excited to continue her involvement in the LGBTQ+ community at Bates with SPARQ! Taking on a mentorship role, she is looking forward to providing support to all students at Bates regardless of what identities they hold. Rachel has also been involved with AASIA, the Women’s Rugby Team, and DJ society.

FullSizeRenderCameron Huftalen, SPARQ! Peer Mentor, is a sophomore from New Hampshire, currently studying history and European studies. As an incoming genderfluid, pansexual first-year, Cameron found great friends and support through SPARQ! and it’s programs, and is very excited to be a part of the team this year and to be able to help others to find the same success. Cameron has mentored with Outright L/A, and hopes to continue being engaged with LGBTQ+ issues and events both on and off the Bates campus.